Former POW says Iraq is like Vietnam

07/18/08 Mitch E. Perry
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As Barack Obama prepares for his trip overseas, which is now becoming a major event in campaign 2008, the GOP continues to criticize him about it.

Today, the Republican Party of Florida held a conference call with Col. Bud Day, a member of the Swift Boat Vets for Truth campaign that attacked John Kerry during the 2004 campaign for his Vietnam record.

Day resides in Pensacola, home to many military veterans. He was asked how John McCain’s consistently strong support for the Iraq war has played inside that community.

Since the lead up to the Iraq war, anti-war critics compared Iraq unfavorably to the U.S.’s involvement in Vietnam. Such a comparison has always been dismissed by supporters of the war – but Day – who served with John McCain in Vietnam, embraces the comparisons.

Earlier this year, oil magnate T. Boone Pickens boasted that he would give $1 million to anyone who could disprove "even a single charge" leveled by that organization. Kerry then offered to meet with Pickens and do so, with the million dollars going to veterans' charities. But Pickens backed down, saying he wouldn't consider giving Kerry the reward unless he surrenders his combat films, additional military records and wartime journal.

Day says that he stands behind the group's effort.

Also, yesterday McCain criticized Barack Obama for not holding a single meeting about Afghanistan, even though he has been chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Subcommittee on European Affairs.

But ABC News reported yesterday that McCain has not attended any of his committee's six hearings on Afghanistan over the last two years.

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